As a writer and editor, I have enjoyed many years meeting and interviewing many fascinating people, and visiting wonderful locations worldwide.

Now that I am largely based in East Anglia, I am indulging my passion for books, reading, and writing by interviewing authors, hosting events and sharing my reviews and recommendations.

Each month I host a book club on air for BBC Radio Suffolk with the afternoon presenter, Lesley Dolphin, and I chair and organise author talks for children and adults.

Past events include Alexander McCall Smith, Margaret Drabble, Victoria Hislop, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Mosse, Deborah Moggach, Maggie O'Farrell, Michael Morpurgo, Robert Peston, Kate Humble, Alan Johnson MP and many more.

I hope you will enjoy reading details of my events, my reviews and recommendations.



coming soon

Wednesday 29th May, 2.00pm
at Woodbridge Community Hall
The best-selling novelist introduces her new book, set in Greece, called 'Those Who Are Loved'
Tuesday 11th June, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
This first full length appreciation of the work of Adrian Bell will be presented by writer Richard Hawking, and Adrian's son, the former journalist and politician, Martin Bell.

Browsers Book Group

The Eight Mountains
by Paolo Cognetti
An Italian bestseller exploring landscape, friendships and family. We'll be meeting a week later than usual, avoiding the bank holiday but come along to join in the friendly discussion!
Monday, 3 June 2019 - 8:00pm

Further ahead

I am always planning new events but at the moment I have nothing quite ready to announce.

recent events

Tuesday 7 May 2019
One of the greatest composers of the 20th century, introduced to us by his biographer, Oliver Soden.
Tuesday 7 May 2019
A lunchtime meeting with the bestselling crime writer, introducing 'A Book of Bones'
Wednesday 17 April 2019
Acclaimed writer, Jill Dawson introduced her stunning new novel inspired by the unsolved case surrounding Lord Lucan.
Thursday 11 April 2019
A popular writer of suspense, Erin Kelly introduced her new novel 'Stone Mothers' which is set in Suffolk, in a former mental hospital


Visit my archive pages for details of all events in recent years.

Book reviews

My recent recommendations

by Beth O'Leary
Leon and Tiffy share a flat and a bed, but they've never met. Is this the perfect solution to the cost of living in London?!
Review date: 06.05.19
by Emily Dean
Can all of life's problems be solved with a dog? This is a wonderfully funny and terribly sad story of family, loss and healing.
Review date: 06.05.19
by Melinda Gates
Powerful, distressing, inspiring, challenging, uplifting, disturbing... This is the most extraordinary book. Read it!
Review date: 25.04.19
by Damian Barr
A heart-wrenching account of three generations in South Africa. Terrible and brilliant.
Review date: 25.04.19

For children

by Anna Fargher
A beautifully written animal adventure set in World War II, with tragedy and heroism in equal measure.
Review date: 30.04.19
by Elly Griffiths
The first in a series of children's books by the writer of the best-selling Ruth Galloway novels, published in May 2019.
Review date: 07.04.19

On the radio

BBC Radio Suffolk

Catherine at BBC Radio SuffolkOn the first Tuesday of each month, at 2.30pm, I join Lesley Dolphin on the afternoon programme at BBC Radio Suffolk to discuss the book of the month which I have chosen for her feature called Lesley's Readers. Listeners are invited to send in comments by text or email, or by phoning the programme on 0800 141 2121.

Lesley's Readers are reading...

How it ends
by Saskia Sarginson
Set in Suffolk in the 1950s, this is the tale of a family which is destroyed by a terrible secret. Join in the on air discussion by phone, email or text!

We have just read.....

The Lido
by Libby Page
A gentle but powerful tale of friendship, community and determination.

My blog

Wednesday 8 May 2019

A day of two halves

Posters for the dayIt was a busy day on Tuesday 7 May, as I hosted two author visits in the same day.

And they couldn't have been more different, yet were equally inspiring, entertaining and informative.

At lunchtime in Woodbridge library, we gathered to meet the hugely popular, bestselling crime writer John Connolly. He spoke at breakneck speed, but we were hanging on every word. I, for one, was particularly intrigued by his insights on the writing process. He told us that he has no unfinished works - he believes that it is essential for creative people never to abandon a project but always to see it to its conclusion.